Our charitable partner, Kids Escaping Drugs (KED), is committed to serving youth and families in Western New York through community outreach and education. Kids Escaping Drugs strives to raise, manage, and distribute funds for the development and support of facilities, community education, and advocacy programs for adolescents and their families in Western New York suffering from alcohol and drug dependency and addiction.
Kids Escaping Drugs was founded in 1987 in response to the need to provide a treatment facility for chemically dependent adolescents. Prior to the building of the Renaissance Campus (the residential facility supported by KED), there were no treatment facilities for adolescents in the Western New York region. Adolescents who suffered from addiction were treated in an adult facility or, worse, not treated at all. Currently, KED has the ability to treat 62 adolescents between the ages of 12-20. Renaissance House and Promise House accommodate male patients and Stepping Stones accommodates female patients.
In 2008, Kids Escaping Drugs piloted the Face 2 Face Program (F2F). This is a proactive, educational program that partners with school districts, community organizations and workplaces throughout WNY. The goal of the program is to reach students and parents in the earliest stages of use in order to alter their decision making so that substance abuse treatment is not necessary